NASA and SpaceX's Crew-5 mission launches with Americans and Russians after delay
Cape Canaveral, Florida - A four-person NASA and SpaceX flight to the International Space Station (ISS) lifted off from the Cape Canaveral launch site in Florida on Wednesday after being delayed due to Hurricane Ian.
The Crew-5 mission consists of NASA astronauts Nicole Aunapu Mann and Josh Cassada, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata, and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.
Kikina was the first cosmonaut to travel to the ISS under a cross-flight program agreed upon this summer between NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
Two weeks ago, the two Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin flew to the ISS together with NASA astronaut Frank Rubio. They were launched aboard a Soyuz capsule from the Russian spaceport Baikonur in Kazakhstan.
The mission aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule was originally set for October 3, but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Ian.
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